Dahr Jamail offers an update on Iraq, David Swanson talks about Impeaching Bush to help keep the Democratic Party viable, plus a look at the recent ânewsâ coverage on Iraq and the election.
Dahr Jamail looks at the ongoing crisis for Iraqis and US soldiers as the policy remains the same, but those dealing with it must continue to try to find new ways to cope, and survive. The US press has been downplaying the latest US military casualties in Iraq. But there were four USM casualties in September thus far and last month 22 USM casualties. US soldiers are being wounded too. And on 8-12 a car bomb took the lives of some 34 Iraqis.
Surge failing also: There are ongoing political tensions that may spell trouble for the exiting Bush White House and the new administration: The Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is no longer inclined to remain aligned with US interests in the region and the Iraqi government has been targeting members of the Sunni Awakening. Their cooperation agreement with the US has been cited as a major contributing factor in the slowdown in violence.
David Swanson of Democrats.com talks about impeaching Bush to strengthen the Democratâs chances to win in the future. He talks about a press conference in Washington DC where Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich released information about the growing interest in impeaching George Bush. (see Kucinich plan for Iraq below.)
During the interview David Swanson mentions that like Karl Rove, Gov. Sarah Palin has declined to testify in the matter of her own investigation of a State Trooper in Alaska, Officer Wooten. This means, says Swanson, that we will see the same type of behavior under McCain that we did under Bush where many people have declined to obey federal subpoenaâs.
According to the Anchorage Daily News Sarah Palinâs husband Todd Palin has been subpoenaed in the firing probe. âThe Senate Judiciary Committee acted at the request of investigator Stephen Branchflower, who is gathering evidence on whether Gov. Palin abused her power by firing Walt Monegan, the stateâs director of public safety. Critics charge she fired Monegan after he refused to dismiss Mike Wooten, a state trooper who had a messy divorce from the governorâs sister. Palin says Monegan was let go because of a budget dispute.â â The article goes on to say that Branchflower admits Sarah Palin is not on his 13 person list of people targeted with subpoenas.
Next Week: With four months to go for the Bush/Cheney White House, the US press seems to be getting worse when it comes to covering key issues such as the Iraq War and energy policy plus US economic failures. The debate seems rhetorical but the US Military seems to be continuing to position itself to take action in Iran and in Eastern Europe. Next time we hear from Michael T. Klare of Hampshire College, author of the book Blood and Oil and other books on energy and security. He says in the future the US will use itâs air force more, and he notes the parts of the world where the quest for oil is likely to lead to more instability. Michael Klareâs latest book is, âRising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.
Squeaky Wheel Productions to host a showing of film Blood and Oil in New Haven, CT SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2008 . The film plus a discussion with Michael Klare will take place at ACES/ECA Arts Hall, 55 Audubon Street, Orange Street Entrance New Haven, CT 3-5:30 p.m.
Weâll also hear again from Francis A. Boyle an international law expert at the University of Illinois. He has suggested legal action for the Iranians to prevent a US and Israeli attack on Tehran. Meanwhile, the BBC is reporting that Iran has lodged a formal protest with the UN after Israeli minister Rafi Eitan, a former Nazi hunter, saying his country could kidnap Iranâs president over threats he has made against Israel. Iranâs UN ambassador has called the remark âoutrageous and viciousâ and he is calling on the UN Security Council to take action. (BBC)